As it happened: Titanic 100th anniversary commemorations

Key points

  • • On 14 April 1912, 740 km from Newfoundland, the Titanic hit an iceberg at 2340 (Ship's Time)
  • • The iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side
  • • At approximately 0218 the Titanic broke in two, with the bow going underwater
  • • Titanic’s 20 lifeboats could carry only 1,178 people
  • 1,512 died in the Titanic disaster
  • For more on the centenary, visit

Live text

Last updated 15 April 2012


Hello and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic - from Belfast, Southampton, Cobh and the site of the sinking in the Atlantic. Coverage will begin at 06:00 BST


The Titanic was built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff, and a memorial garden with the names of more than 1,500 victims of the disaster etched in bronze is being unveiled in the city centre. There is no distinction on the memorial between first-class passengers and others on board. The names of the dead are simply listed in alphabetical order.


The cruise ship Balmoral has reached the site where the ship sank shortly before midnight.


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Cruise passengers and crew gather on the deck of the Balmoral above the #Titanic site. Cold and quiet.

Cruise passengers and crew gather on Balmoral

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Belfast ready for unveiling of bronze memorial to the 1,512 victims of #Titanic. Dead are listed in alphabetical order, not rank or class.



100 years ago, the Titanic was sinking... in about an hour there would be nothing left of the once 'unsinkable ship'.


In 1985, the oceanographer Dr Robert Ballard discovered the wreck 2.5 miles (4km) below the surface of the north Atlantic. He has travelled to Belfast for a series of events, and is pictured here in front of the world's largest visitor centre which opened two weeks ago on the slipway where the Titanic was launched.

Dr Robert Ballard

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100 years ago, on this day, the RMS Titanic was lost in the north Atlantic Ocean during her maiden voyage. RIP the people lost with her.

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Rest in peace to all those who died on this day, 100 years ago. #RMSTitanic #Titanic #100 #Years #Century


Passengers and crew on board the memorial cruise ship Balmoral are holding a series of services marking the time the ship hit an iceberg and later sank 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. The BBC's Chris Buckler is one of those travelling on the ship. Click here to read his take on the atmosphere among the passengers as the liner draws closer to the wreck site.